Health policies and data

Health Care Quality Indicators - Cancer Care


Cancer remains a major health care challenge, accounting for more than a quarter of all deaths in many OECD countries, but many cancers can be prevented, detected early or effectively treated if the quality of cancer care is assured.

In order to monitor changes in cancer incidence and the quality of care, many countries have developed cancer registries that can analyse and report cancer survival at the national and regional levels. At the international level, a growing number of countries now participate in the global effort to monitor and publish robustly comparable cancer survival estimates via the CONCORD programme for the Global Surveillance of Cancer Survival, led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The OECD collaborates with the CONCORD programme to strengthen countries' capacity in monitoring the effectiveness of their health systems in delivering high-quality cancer care.

The OECD’s Health Care Quality Indicators for cancer care currently include the following indicators provided by the CONCORD programme:

  • Breast cancer 5-year net survival
  • Cervical cancer 5-year net survival
  • Colorectal cancer 5-year net survival


The HCQI indicators are published within Health at a Glance 2017: chapter on Quality and Outcomes of Care.

Additional indicators are also available in the OECD Health Statistics database in the Health Care Quality Indicators dataset in OECD.Stat in the query Cancer Care.


Also read "How should the EU act differently in tackling the burden of breast cancer?", article by Francesca Colombo and Rie Fujisawa, Government Gazette, July 2017 issue.


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